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Nifty Enrichment Ideas for Your Indoor Cat


Make a kitty playground for your cat.

Make a kitty playground for your cat. From cat trees and kitty condos to their low-rent but often equally enjoyed equivalent, cardboard boxes and paper bags, cats love to have objects to climb in, on, and over.

Plant organic wheat grass for your cat to munch on. Wheatgrasskits.com offers—you guessed it—ready to go grow-your-own wheat grass kits for a nice bit of indoor greenery your cat will appreciate.

Lightly mist your cat’s bed/chosen resting spot with Feliway, a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone cats use to mark their territory as safe and secure. It’s remarkably effective.

Get your walk on. Starting indoors, teach your cat to walk on lead wearing a harness. Sturdi Products makes great harnesses especially for cats.

Install a window perch to offer prime viewing of the neighbourhood and an elevated spot from which to sunbathe. Square Cat Habitat makes beautiful, minimal perches—or, if you’re handy, make one yourself.

Go for a stroll. If your cat is accustomed to a carrier, why not get a pet stroller like Kittywalk’s strollers made especially for cats and take your cat along on your next post-dinner walk?

In the wild, the majority of a cat’s time is spent searching for food. Allow your cat to fulfill this natural drive by secreting treats around your house for her to find. (This provided you don’t have babies or toddlers in the house that might consume the cat snacks hidden about.) Try the Indoor Hunting feeding system from Doc & Phoebe’s Cat Co. 

If your cat prefers to drink running water (and who doesn’t prefer freshly run agua?), get her a drinking fountain. Wet Whiskers Fountains makes lovely ceramic ones both you and your cat will love.

If your cat is the sole feline in your household, consider getting him a buddy. Many cats grow to love feline companionship—and some really don’t. If you’re unsure which camp your cat falls into, consider fostering first. You’ll establish how your cat will take to a friend, while providing a much-needed temporary home for a shelter cat, saving lives by freeing up space in the shelter!

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  • Suzeaa

    My two cats have a wide bench in front of the livingroom window, and just a foot away outside are two bird feeders and suet cages. They both chatter away at the loads of birds, squirrels and chipmunks – it’s kitty t.v! We like it, too, and the birds come all day. The cats also each have a ‘kitty hut’ for naps, which they love.

  • John H. Jr Halstead

    I had 2 cats. 1 lived 23 yrs. & the other lived 19 yrs. Somehow, the #2 cat knew something was wrong cause he even went & took food out his plate, meowed but, no response. I had to put her down cause she wouldn’t eat anything. Within 2 months of putting her down, I had to put him down. This was all done at the U of M Vet Clinic. I just knew I couldn’t let them suffer.

  • Annie

    Instead of a “window seat” for my cat, Mr Bear, (he weighs 15 lbs and that would be too much for most of those window perches-) I rearranged my living room, so that a waist-high chest is in front of the large window. I put a soft blanket on it, and now Mr Bear spends a lot of time just lolling around there, watching the birds and squirrels. He seems to truly love it.

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